The Prayer: Deepening Your Friendship with God

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David C Cook, 2007 - Religion - 317 pages

Dr. James Houston does not see the nature of prayer as a dreary exercise or a skill to be mastered, but rather as a valuable chance to deepen your friendshiop with God. How you pray is often determined by how you perceive God. It is "a matter of theology and ethics, both thinking and doing."

Be led into the depths of essential spiritual formation by one of the great spiritual mentors of our time and know God on a deeper level.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction by Dallas Willard
13
WITHOUT A PRAYER
17
Without a Prayer in a Hostile World
19
Struggling with Prayer
33
Overcoming Obstacles to Prayer
51
Entering into Prayer
63
EXPLORING BIBLICAL TERRITORY
83
ENTERING THE HEART OF
151
Friendship with Jesus Christ
153
The Deepening Friendship of Father and Son
175
Friendship within the Holy Trinity
199
PRAYER IN GODS COMMUNITY
227
Pauls Life of Prayer and Friendship
229
Prayer by the Friends of God
249
The Community of Prayer
275

Exploring Prayer in the Old Testament
85
Applying Biblical Prayer to Ourselves
107
The Holy Spirit as the Transforming Friend
127
Praying Together
301
For Further Reading
317
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About the author (2007)

Dr. James M. Houston is a highly acclaimed scholar and pioneer in the field of evangelical spirituality. He came to North America from England in 1968 to lead Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, an international graduate school of Christian studies. Today he is a Regent Board of Governors' Professor in Spiritual Theology. He earned an M.A. in Edinburgh, and an M.A., B.Sc., and D. Phil. from Oxford. He is also the author of In Pursuit of Happiness and The Hearth's Desire, among other titles.

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